Operation Smile Mission in Vijayawada, India ​

From November 29th to the December 5th 2019

Over the past 4 years, I have supported Operation Smile activities as a bike2help.ch team member and as a supporter of the yearly Johnson & Johnson Switzerland fundraising campaign “Move for Charity”.

The private funds collected for Operation Smile have been doubled by my employer Johnson & Johnson Switzerland who also kindly support this mission of medical and non-medical volunteering to India. The objective of the mission is to bring surgical care to citizens who are affected by cleft lips and cleft palates in greater Vijayawada in the Southeast Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Vijayawada is located on the banks of Krishna River with a population of over 1 million inhabitants.

As a team member on this mission, I will have a unique chance experience the work of the organisation with the patients, their families and the hospital staff.

Operation Smile is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing free reconstructive surgery to children and young adults in developing countries all over the world. Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided surgical treatment to more than 200,000 patients around the world and, in the process, formed valuable relationships with the countries it has visited.

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Prosthetics like this baby’s palatal obturator help improve nutrition and prevent aspiration before surgery can be performed. Good nutritional status plays an important role in surgical candidacy, and subsequently in promoting healing and positive surgical outcomes. In older children, palatal obturators may also aid in speech development. #funfacts #prosthetics #cleftlip #cleftpalate .

Another fun fact is that it’s winter in Egypt. This means that parents dress their infants in 5-9 layers, plus a sleep sack and additional heavy blanket. Parents and nursing volunteers share some laughs while we disrobe kids layer by layer in order to obtain an accurate pre-op weight and expose a limb for a blood pressure measurement. How do you and your family dress in 20C/68F winter weather? #funfact #overdressed #sweatysweetie #winter #egypt #aswan #layers #goodtimes #screeningday #operationsmile #cleftcutie #cleftstrongfamily #sosweaty #baby #smile
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2019 was a great year of racing, friendship, community suppport with bike2help.ch and fun! Sometimes people say, they don‘t want to come training with me saying that I am too fast! What they actually mean is: „I would love to come running or cycling with you, if you go a bit slower and give me the feeling that you enjoy it a bit too!“ Actually a lot of training is done much slower as people think and they are essential pieces in a training plan. If I Look back at the past year, a lot of pleasure came from runs and rides with friends. I challenge you in 2020 to ask me for a run, swim or ride wathever level you have! I will be happy to share my time! It‘s not all about racing! Have a joyful and safe year wathever sport you practice! #eberhardbau #jetsportrümlang #fleischlibäckerei #hammernutritionswitzerland #cuoreswitzerland #inclusion #funride #johnsonandjohnsonbabypowder ...

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Celebrating 15 years of Operation Smile, Egypt on team day outing to Philae Temple in Aswan #operationsmile #egypt #aswan #teamday #philae #philaetemple #history #nile #nubian #smile ...

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Thank you for your support of bike2help.ch poviding funds for Operation Smile! Just followed 5 days of Operation Smile activities in Vijayawada, India! 125 children are getting life changing surgeries! Amazing Work! #operationsmile #bike2help #eberhardbau #johnsonandjohnson ...

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Um sorriso lindo para deixar seu fim de semana ainda melhor! 😀😎
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#operacaosorriso #operationsmile #fissuralabiopalatina #fissuralabial #fendalabial #projetosocial #voluntariado #missaohumanitaria #fazerobem #solidariedade #cleftcutie #cleftstrong #cleft
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A melhor fantasia do carnaval é a alegria! 🤩🎉🎊
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#operacaosorriso #operationsmile #fissuralabiopalatina #fissuralabial #fendalabial #projetosocial #voluntariado #missaohumanitaria #fazerobem #solidariedade #souvoluntario #smile #ehcarnaval #tempodealegria #carnaval #carnival
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Abram alas para o bloco do sorriso! 🤩🎉🎊
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📷 hudsonj7
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#operacaosorriso #operationsmile #fissuralabiopalatina #fissuralabial #fendalabial #projetosocial #voluntariado #missaohumanitaria #fazerobem #solidariedade #souvoluntario #smile #ehcarnaval #tempodealegria #carnaval #carnival
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😭This girl's life is changed forever! Double tap if you agree!
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Meet baby Sofia who had bilateral cleft lips, a birth defect that can seriously affect how you breathe, eat and appear to others. She underwent bilateral cleft lip repair with operacaosorriso and now looks cute as a button! 😍
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Plastic surgery is not always the glamorous cosmetic work you see on Insta and TV. Plastic surgery also includes amazing reconstructive work like this that can be life-changing... Much more than any amount of filler or Botox can do! .
What do you think of this result? Go support operationsmile!
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